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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer among us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Scottish explorer, David Livingstone

David Livingstone was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1813. Money was hard to come by in the Livingstone family. So at the young age of 10 years, David began working in a local cotton mill. This would help sustain his family, which consisted his parents, and his 6 siblings. Religion was an important part of his upbringing.

Career as Explorer & Christian Missionary

David Livingstone spend the early part of the 30s reading Greek literature, theology and medicine in Glasgow. This was to prepare for his application into the London Missionary Society. In 1840, he officially became a missionary and travelled to Africa in order to spread the faith.

Livingstone was immediately taken by the beauty of the African continent. He spent a large part of his career dedicated to its service. He explored the vast land, and firmly protested against slavery. By 1842, Livingstone became one of the first Europeans to venture into the Kalahari. Less than a decade later, he became the first European traveller to reach Lake Ngami and to see Victoria Falls.

Livingstone successfully mapped several territories of Africa and other parts of the world. Territories that Europe had hitherto no knowledge of. For his contributions, he was awarded several honours during his lifetime. He received the gold medal from Britain’s Royal Georgraphical Society.

Some fun facts about David Livingstone :

  • He did not always intend going to Africa. In fact, at the beginning of his career, he hoped to travel to China.
  • Having suffered from malaria, Livingstone had made the connection between mosquitoes and the deadly disease far before any scientist.

He died in 1873.

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